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The First Round of the NFL Football Draft…Quarterbacks!…

The first day of the million dollar men sweepstakes in Philly surprised the sports pundits…

The Bears went all-in for a quarterback. The Chiefs went all-in for a quarterback. The Texans went all-in for a quarterback.

And the Browns passed. Three times.

The first round of the NFL Draft proved once again Thursday night why it is the best reality show on TV. None of the draft experts had the quarterbacks ranked with first-round grades back when the process began in January, but three signal-callers went in the top 12 picks in the first round, with all of their teams making big plays to trade up and snag their future franchise quarterbacks.

The Bears got the party started, trading up from No. 3 to No. 2 to snag North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky. The Bears, needing to make a bold move at quarterback after failing to find a quarterback for the better part of the last 30 years, gave up picks in the first round (third overall), third round (67th), and fourth round (11th), as well as next year’s third-rounder to San Francisco for the right to draft Trubisky, the draft’s most accurate passer who also started just 13 games in college.

The Chiefs made the next big move of the night, trading picks 1-27, 3-91, and next year’s first-rounder to the Bills for the 10th overall pick, which they used on Texas Tech gunslinger Patrick Mahomes. The book on Mahomes: He has a big arm, a cocky demeanor, and likes to make risky throws. Sounds a lot like a guy that Chiefs Andy Reid coached for seven years in Green Bay, including two as quarterbacks coach: Brett Favre.

And with two quarterbacks off the board, the Texans knew they had to strike quickly to find their next QB. They traded picks 1-25 and next year’s first-rounder to Cleveland for the 12th pick and the rights to draft Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, the national championship game hero who has the best chance of the top three quarterbacks to start as a rookie. While Trubisky will almost certainly sit behind Mike Glennon for a year, and Mahomes will do the same ….

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image of North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky…. Ben Solomon for The New York Times…He went to Chicago Bears…

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Russell Wesbrook can’t do it alone….The Houstan Thunder are out of the NBA Playoffs…

Photo credit: David J. Phillip/AP

He just ran of gas last night….
Thatb he lasted as long as he has is a miracle in itself….

I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting to swear off basketball forever after watching the fourth quarter of Game 5 between the Rockets and Thunder, which was defined by ill-advised foul calls and ill-advised shots, most of them coming from the Thunder’s star player, Russell Westbrook.

 Westbrook went 2-of-11 from the field and 0-of-5 from three-point range in the fourth, seemingly doing everything in his power to hasten his team’s exit from the playoffs. That was pretty much the story of the series, which the Rockets won rather easily and in which Westbrook shot a combined 14-of-49 in the fourth quarter.

It would be a total misread, though, to see Westbrook’s fourth-quarter bricklaying as the result of some egotistical spasming. Westbrook was only doing what he’d been doing all throughout the regular season, in which he became the best clutch player in the league and singlehandedly won almost too many games to count. Sponging up as many fourth-quarter possessions as possible is precisely how Westbrook got his team 47 wins and a sixth seed.

 Maybe that record doesn’t impress you, and maybe you think the Thunder could have actually won more games and been more prepared to meet the Rockets in the playoffs if Westbrook had spent less time gathering triple-doubles and more time enabling Andre Roberson, Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, and Enes Kanter. Maybe you should think a little harder about that.

The reason Westbrook’s formula worked in the regular season but yielded failure in the postseason isn’t all that hard to explain….

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Islanders NHL Hockey team makes offer for Belmont Race Track stadium….

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      While some local hockey fans have talked about the Islanders Hockey team coming back from Brooklyn to the renovated Nassau Coliseum?…..

THAT is unlikely….

The Nassau Coliseum just isn’t where the team wants to return to…

The team owners are moving ahead with submitting plans to have a new stadium built on New York State property at the Belmont park southern parking lot that currently is being used to park hundreds of new cars for island car dealers…

The property is state property and would NOT need ok’s from local Republican politicians who have their own problems….

Building a new stadium would allow the Islanders to have a stadium that would have amenities that could provide them more revenue than the Coliseum would….It would also be built as bigger faculty, more in line with new venues being constructed for the National Hockey League teams…The site has major highway access and train access, something the Coliseum does NOT have even though it sits next to parts of eastern Queens that has few if any hockey fans…But neither did Brooklyn….

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New York Governor Cuomo is running for re-election next year and probably will make a try for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination…

He ‘s been going around the state starting construction (Read Jobs) projects …Bringing the Islanders back the Nassau County at Belmont wouldn’t hurt his efforts one bit….

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed on Friday that the Islanders’ owners plan to officially submit a bid to New York state officials with the hope of building a new arena for the hockey team at the Belmont Park racetrack site.

Speaking to a group from The Associated Press Sports Editors at the league’s midtown office, Bettman added that Isles owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin still are “reviewing their options” to procure a new local arena for the Islanders, who have encountered numerous problems in their two seasons at Barclays Center in Brooklyn since leaving Nassau Coliseum in 2015.

“Yes, there is an RFP (request for proposal) for Belmont and I know they are going to participate in that,” Bettman said. “I believe that everyone thinks there is a terrific opportunity there, if not at Willets Point (in Queens), to create a more hockey friendly environment for the Islanders, which is something Scott (Malkin) is committed to do.”

Bettman also reiterated that the renovated Coliseum, which reopened earlier this month, is “not a long-term option” for the Isles….

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Boston Marathon 2017…


The field of elite women’s runners is off in Hopkinton, Mass. (Paul Rutherford/USA Today)

The 121st running of the Boston Marathon — and the fourth since the bombings — takes place Monday, beginning at 8:50 a.m. when the mobility-impaired competitors set out from Hopkinton, Mass.

The elite women’s runners will set out at 9:32 a.m., with the elite men’s field at 10 a.m. After that, the rest of the field of 32,000 competitors will be off and running.

Among the notables in this year’s field is Kathrine Switzer, who will have a much easier time of it than she did 50 years ago when she was the first woman to officially compete in the race. Bobbi Gibb, who competed unofficially the year before Switzer, will be the grand marshal for the Patriots’ Day race.

Fifty years ago, Switzer’s boyfriend had to fend off a race official who sought to physically stop her from running. “I wasn’t there to prove anything,” she said (via the Boston Globe). “It wasn’t until Jock Semple attacked me did everything change.”

Switzer won the 1974 New York City Marathon and has done TV commentary of the Boston race for 37 years. In 2015, she created 261 Fearless, a nonprofit that wants to use running to empower women. (The 261 comes from her bib number in 1974; the BAA has since retired the number, but Switzer is wearing it Monday.)

“What happened to me was a radicalizing experience. And it was one that made me bound and determined to change things for women,” she said. “Running had given me everything, and I wanted other women to feel that as well.

“Women who are empowered can change the whole society around them for the better and running — I know it sounds crazy — but one foot in front of the other, it’s a transformational experience.”…

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Nike Air Jordan 2 Decon “Bordeaux”

…from Nice Kicks….

Often overlooked yet pivotal in Jordan Brand’s global expansion, and the continued progression of high-end sneakers, the Air Jordan 2 looks to take its rightful place in the sun with a new modern iteration — the Air Jordan 2 Decon.

Debuted earlier today in “Mint Foam,” the slimmed silhouette is removed from excess padding and weighty leather. Instead, the deconstructed model features a lightly textured suede fabrication with traditional midsole tooling below…..

Air Jordan 2 Decon "Bordeaux"

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More ‘Big Apple’ Fans are Mets fans …NOT Yankee fans…

Count me in as with the Mets…

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For the first time since 1998, a Quinnipiac Poll found that more New York City fans would root for the Mets over the Yankees in a Subway Series. To find out what’s behind the shift, Morning Edition’s Richard Hake spoke with Harry Enten, a senior writer at FiveThirtyEight.com.

“Wins and losses are a big part of it,” Enten said. In recent years, the Mets have just been better.

The other reason, he said, is that many younger fans never got to see the Yankees in their prime: “The Derek Jeter Yankees. The Darryl Strawberry Yankees. The Paul O’Neill Yankees. They have no real memory of that.”

….from WNYC….

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North Carolina Wins the NCAA College Mens Basketball Title…

It was an ending for eternity, one that North Carolina will want to relive frame by frame only one year removed from a finish to its season that made the Tar Heels hit the off button.

They can pause their screen on forward Kennedy Meeks’ hand stretching to block a shot by Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss. They can zoom in on the wide-bodied Meeks stepping in front of an outlet pass for a steal. And they can switch to slow motion for forward Isaiah Hicks’ drive for a one-handed leaning jumper.

Every angle will be pleasurable after North Carolina zipped past Gonzaga over the final 100 seconds of the national championship game Monday night, scoring the game’s final eight points on the way to a 71-65 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium.

As colorful confetti descended from the rafters, the Tar Heels could savor redemption alongside the very player who had broken their hearts last season. Kris Jenkins, the Villanova hero whose buzzer-beating shot had sunk North Carolina in the championship game, was seated in the Tar Heels’ cheering section. He had once been taken in by the parents of North Carolina guard Nate Britt, making him a Tar Heels fan for life…

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Tony Romo to retire to the broadcast booth….

Smart man…..

Save his shoulder and make money with a earlier schedule….

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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is leaving football and going into broadcasting, even with Dallas planning to release him Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN.

Romo has received interest from CBS, Fox and NBC, and can choose to be a color commentator where he wants. That move could come as early as Tuesday, sources said.

But the decision to leave football already has been made. His run as the Cowboys’ quarterback — and an NFL player — officially ends Tuesday.

 

Dallas is expected to designate Romo as a post-June 1 release, softening the blow against the Cowboys’ cap this season. Instead of counting $24.7 million in 2017, Romo would count $10.7 million this year and $8.9 million in 2018. The Cowboys would gain $14 million in cap space, but it would not become available until June 2. But after Tuesday, Romo will no longer be with the Cowboys.

Romo’s decision came down to his health, sources close to the situation told ESPN. Romo, who turns 37 on April 21, believes his family and his health are paramount at this time in his life. He was limited to playing in just parts of five games over the past two seasons because of collarbone and back injuries, and he suffered a compression fracture in his back last August that led to him ultimately giving way to Dak Prescott…..

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Nike Air Jordan 1 “Royal’s” are available….

,,,from Nice Kicks….

-> Air Jordan 1 “Royal” For Sale <-

The Air Jordan 1 retro returns in “Royal” colorway for the first time since 2013 and is highly anticipated since it is the first time since Jordan Brand launched the Remastered Retro program in 2015.  The Air Jordan 1 “Royal” 2017 release featured the softest leather ever on the colorway since its 1985 debut release including tumbled royal leather.

The historic significance of the Air Jordan 1 Royal runs deep to the heritage of the Air Jordan line. The Royals were the first colorway to release in the Jordan lineup that had no tie to any team that Michael Jordan played on at any level. Despite the Air Jordan 1 being a staple in the retro line for years, the “Royal” Air Jordan 1s have only returned a total of three times since 1985 in high top form – 2001, 2013, and today in 2017….

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South Carolina Defeats Mississippi State in Womens NCAA College Basketball Final…

My sister and family members will be VERY proud!

For the Gamecocks it’s the first!

South Carolina won its first women’s N.C.A.A. basketball title on Sunday with a victory that represented a diversity of opportunity both for coaches and for teams playing for a championship.

With a 67-55 win over Mississippi State, a fellow member of the Southeastern Conference, Dawn Staley became the second African-American coach to win a title since the N.C.A.A. began sponsoring a women’s basketball tournament in 1982. Carolyn Peck coached Purdue to the 1999 championship.

Staley was a fierce point guard from Philadelphia and one of the most renowned players in the history of women’s basketball as a collegian, professional and Olympian. She became a coach only reluctantly.

But now, as an N.C.A.A. champion and the recently named Olympic coach for the 2020 Tokyo Games, Staley has a chance to become a standard-bearer for women’s basketball as Geno Auriemma of Connecticut and Tara VanDerveer of Stanford move closer to retirement.

“The game is a gift,” Staley, 46, said during the Final Four. She added, “I’m one that thinks basketball is a place of utopia and fairness.”

On Sunday, South Carolina (33-4) became the first N.C.A.A. women’s champion in five years not to be named UConn. For the third time this season, the Gamecocks beat the Bulldogs. Mississippi State (34-5) appeared to be tired, or anxious, after Friday night’s epic upset of UConn in overtime…..

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CBS computer picks NY Mets as World Series Winners….

Lets Go Mets!

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Ya gotta believe — the computer!

The Mets will claw their way to a World Series title this year, at least according to a CBS Sports simulation of the entire season using the newly released video game “MLB The Show 17.”

But the squad will have a tough road to get to the Canyon of Heroes, according to the simulation.

After collecting 90 wins, the Mets will squash the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card game, dispatch with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series and knock off the Washington Nationals to win the pennant.

The victory will set up a rematch of the epic 1986 World Series, with the Mets defeating the juggernaut 106-win Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in seven games. In the finale, Steven Matz will outclass Drew Pomeranz, 7-1, in a battle of lefties.

The pipe dream is apparently enough to make Sawx fans nervous….

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FiveThirtyEight has the Cubs winning the World Series as the season begins…

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North Carolina to Play Gonzaga in NCAA Mens College Basketball Final…

The two teams play for the 2017 trophy Monday Night….

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Gonzaga Beats South Carolina in Final Four for Shot at Another First

Gonzaga, making its 19th straight N.C.A.A. tournament appearance but its first trip to a national semifinal, held off a seventh seed that had defied all expectation….

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North Carolina Beats Oregon to Return to N.C.A.A. Final

Beaten at the buzzer by Villanova last season, the Tar Heels will face Gonzaga in Monday’s championship game….

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UConn Woman’s Basketball Team’s 111 Winning streak is Over…

Mississippi State beat them…..

UConn and Mississippi State played one of the greatest college basketball games we’ve ever seen. The Bulldogs stunned the Huskies 66-64 in overtime on a buzzer-beater from Morgan William that snapped UConn’s 111-game winning streak.

The dynasty is dead and the Bulldogs are going to the title game against South Carolina on Sunday.

These two teams played last season in the NCAA tournament and UConn won by 60. Yes, literally sixty: the final score 98-38 and the Huskies would go on to win their fourth straight national championship.

UConn’s winning streak reached 111 games before Mississippi State shocked the world on Friday night. The game had a frantic ending that both fanbases will be remembering for a long time. Here’s how it all went down…..

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North Carolina lawmakers announce deal to repeal transgender bathroom law…

The Republican majority lawmakers law against transgender bathroom access staying on the books could eventually cost North Carolina OVER $3 Billion in lost business from boycotts including  popular NCAA Sports events….

North Carolina state legislators announced late Wednesday they had reached a deal with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to repeal the controversial HB2 law, which restricted transgender bathroom access in the state.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore, according to local reports, said at a late-night press conference that House Bill 142, which would repeal House Bill 2, would be introduced to the Senate floor Thursday morning.

“We have reached an agreement with the governor,” said Berger. “We have agreed with the governor that we will take no questions tonight.”

The pair of legislators gave no further details of the repeal measure, but asserted that the bill “will pass” when it hits the floor of the legislature Thursday.

If the repeal is successful, it would shutter a hotly contested law enacted under Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that prevented individuals from entering government facilities that matched their gender identity. The law also limits discrimination protections on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals….

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March Madness Mens College Basketball gets down to the Final Four…

A LOT people have taken abuse on their bracket guesses as SEC teams rise to the top for the first time in the finals….

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The 79th Final Four has been set. The national semifinals, in Glendale, Ariz., on Saturday, will feature South Carolina versus Gonzaga and Oregon versus North Carolina. The winners will play for the N.C.A.A. championship the following Monday night.

It is an unusual field. The tournament had a dearth of upsets in the first weekend — the final group of 16 teams comprised 12 of the top 16 seeds. But there are two programs, seventh-seeded South Carolina and top-seeded Gonzaga, in their first Final Four, a dual debut of a type that last happened in 1996. And Oregon, a No. 3 seed, had advanced this far only once before — in the first tournament, in 1939, which the Ducks won.

In a sport dominated by marquee programs, there is just one blue blood, North Carolina, which will make its 20th trip to the Final Four.

This year’s Final Four, which will be played farther west than it has been in more than 20 years, will feature two teams from west of the Mississippi River for the first time since 2008, and two teams from the Pacific time zone for the first time ever.

But beyond these fun facts, what do these teams reveal about how to build a champion?…..

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Conservatives bargaining to get rid of basics like Prescriptions, New Born Care and Hospitalization….

Ya gotta KNOW WHAT Trump and Ryan are doing to get the Freeedom Caucus on board to get 24 Million to LOSE their healthcare Insurance coverage….

They want Americans to have the freedom to choose their insurance….

They do NOT want the Government to help those who cannot pay for it….

They also seek to deny service to those the more fortunate are helping with their payments into the system….

The cuts the House righwingnuts are abrgining with Trump for for their support would probably make the healthcare for tens of millions of American’s WORST than BEFORE Obamacare……

Trump NO longer cares about his promise for eveyone to keep their insurance…It is now about him getting a POLITICAL WIN.

As of this date MOST Americans do NOT want the Law Repealed….

Remember all that talk during the health reform debate about why men should have to pay for maternity care? What politicians were really arguing about was the “essential health benefits” provision in Obamacare.

In an attempt to make the insurance marketplace fairer and more viable, the law required insurance products sold in the individual market, the fully insured small-group market, and for people who got Medicaid through the state expansions to cover a list of 10 “essential health benefits.” The list included some pretty basic medical care — like pregnancy and maternity care, and lab tests.

Republican Congress members have been pretty consistent about their desire to get rid of this part of the law. It has driven the cost of premiums up, and, they argue, limited Americans’ freedom of choice. But you probably haven’t heard much about the “EHBs,” as they’re called among health wonks. That’s because the assumption has been that killing the provision wouldn’t be possible under the budget reconciliation procedure the GOP is using to rush the American Health Care Act through Congress. (As Vox’s Dylan Matthews explained, the procedure includes the Byrd Rule, which says reconciliation can’t be used to pass provisions that are “incidental,” or don’t change the overall level of federal spending or revenue.)

Now, it seems, that might be wrong. In an attempt to win more support from the party, the latest GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would get rid of the law’s EHB requirement for the individual and small-group markets. (The previous draft of the American Health Care Act already did away with the EHB requirement for Medicaid expansion enrollees.)

They are about as basic as they sound. Here’s the full list, from Healthcare.gov:

Outpatient care without a hospital admission, known as ambulatory patient services
Emergency services
Hospitalization
Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care
Mental health and substance use disorder services, including counseling and psychotherapy
Prescription drugs
Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, which help people with injuries and disabilities to recover
Laboratory services
Preventive care, wellness services, and chronic disease management
Pediatric services, including oral and vision care for children….

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